A Parish in Wartime is the story of St Anselm’s, Tooting Bec – a typical London parish – during the climactic years of both World Wars (1914-18 and 1939-45). Drawing on extensive research by two of today’s parishioners, the book pieces together the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and died, some in battle, others in the bomb-scarred capital. Complete with photographs, newspaper cuttings and extracts from parish records, A Parish in Wartime recalls ordinary lives cut short in extraordinary circumstances.
To mark Remembrance Sunday 2014, the parish decided to erect memorial plaques bearing the names of the dead.
The project was created under the direction of Father William Hebborn PhD, parish priest of St Anselm’s.
Please purchase your copy A Parish in Wartime here.
PARISH SHOP Sundays 9.00am – 12.30pm PARISH OFFICE Weekdays. £5.00 per copy.
The authors :
Nick Dunne has been an active member of St Anselm’s parish since 1989. He is the Director of Bede House Association, a local community charity helping disadvantaged people in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe. He has written articles on the First World War for The Catholic Herald and recently walked the length of the Western Front from Nieuport to Armentieres.
John Pontifex serves St Anselm’s parish as Master of Ceremonies. A trained journalist, he is UK Head of Press & Information for Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. His late father was in the Rifle Brigade and during the Second World War, saw action in Italy at the Battle of Monte Cassino.
‘Lest we forget’
A Parish in Wartime
St Anselm’s Church, Tooting Bec
Remembering the fallen from two World Wars
Friday 7th November 2014 at 7.45pm
Upper New Hall, off the courtyard
Tooting Bec Road
Welcome – Father William Hebborn
We will be showing the film
‘All quiet on the Western Front’
“A young solider faces profound disillusionment in the
soul-destroying horror of World War I”
Director: Lewis Milestone.
Writers: Erich Maria Remarque (by), Maxwell Anderson (adaption).
Star: Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray.
Refreshments will be available
Saturday 8th November 2014 at 7.45pm
‘A Parish in Wartime’
The Crypt, St Anselm’s Old Hall
Balham High Road, Tooting Bec
(Pre-booked tickets only. Limited availability @ £15 each
( Available from the parish office 020 8672 2179)
Father William Hebborn will host our evening of Remembrance,
rekindling wartime memories.
Launch of ‘A Parish in Wartime’, a new publication about
St Anselm’s during the two World Wars.
The book tells the story of those connected with the parish who lost their lives.
Introducing authors, Nick Dunne and John Pontifex.
Exhibition of wartime memorabilia, prose, poetry and melodies. Light supper, crops of the earth, fruits of the vines, fellowship and friendship.
Sunday 9th November 2014 at 11.30am
Celebrant : Father William Hebborn
Dedication & Blessing of War Memorial Plaques
“At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
we will remember them.”
Sunday 9th November 2014 at 5pm
Holy Hour – ‘Remembering with Love’
Reflection & Prayers
”Lord God of hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget,
Lest we forget!”
(Rudyard Kipling 1897)